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  • Liz Scarfe
    I'd like to think I knew what led me here, but really, life and the directions it takes us is such a mystery, I probably don't know the full story. I started studying Process Oriented Psychology because I saw the depth of insight and awareness about life that it could give me - which is a deep kind of power. So was at first a very personal healing journey because Process Oriented Psychology demands the student do a significant amount of their own therapy, in part because therapy is so much about our capacity to connect with...
  • Michelle Lin
    I had a hard childhood. It's a cliche I know. I shaped myself to fill that niche - to be what I would have wanted my therapists to be like. I specialise in attachment theory, trauma-informed practice, and diversity because that was the mix I needed....
  • Robyn Price
    Psychotherapy eventually found me. The seed was planted many years ago as I recovered from a bout of depression in my university days. The catalyst for recovery was a creative dance class run by a woman who would become one of Australia's Dance Therapy pioneers, Hanny Exiner. Through her classes, I discovered the healing power of movement, creativity and connection. I continued to dance, study and teach dance, at the same time as building a career in marketing communications, I began my Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) training in 2002....
  • Matt Dale
    As a Psychologist I am driven by the desire to help individuals navigate their way through complex human challenges. I chose psychology as a profession because of my passion to learn more about the impact of human emotions, listen and guide others with the insights I have gained over the last twenty years. But most importantly, I chose psychology because I wanted to help people to make real, practical and applicable change in their everyday lives....
  • Lisa Paul
    I saw there was a gap in the health system in supporting mothers and fathers especially with the transition to parenthood. Everybody focuses on the birth of this baby and the baby itself when it comes but how many times do YOU feel heard? How many times do people check in and ask how your going? In my experience, while having a baby is a wonderful experience, it also comes with an enormous trailer load of different feelings - which can be different for everyone. Commonly, issues around not being a good enough mother, loss of your...
  • Debby Heath
    Like most people who enter this profession, I want to be of service and I know that counselling and psychotherapy can support profound growth and healing that has a 'ripple effect' in the world. I believe this work is a 'calling' more than a job and I feel grateful to be able to be of service in this way....
  • Dalit Bar
    My counselling career began when I studied Art Therapy in Melbourne to overcome my own relationship problems. I worked at an organization called Jewish Care as an art therapist for 4 years. However I wanted to learn more, so I began studying counselling....
  • Nicole Kinnaird
    My choice to study Social Work initially was due to a strong interest in working with children and the idea of having fun in my job was very important and appealing. Out of rebellion I decided I didn’t want to be a teacher (like everyone else in my family it seemed! – mother, father, step father, grandfather, aunts, uncles.) As I gained experience in working therapeutically with children and the adults in their lives I increasingly enjoyed working creatively with people of all ages and also with groups of people. Continuing...
  • Stefan Durlach
    For as long as I can remember I’ve been interested in how life works, its meaning and purpose, the why’s and how’s of existence. Philosophy, psychology, and spirituality deal with these issues, and psychotherapy integrates them all and applies them to actual lives. Connected with this is a passion for following the oracle at Delphi’s dictum of ‘know thyself’, a fascination with reaching my human potential through an exploration of my internal world, which would enable me to offer this process to other people. I am very...
  • Connie Reed
    My background as a Health Project Coordinator working with homeless and disadvantaged young people and vulnerable children and parents. This was highly rewarding, very challenging and energising work. ...
  • Anna Petinsky
    Psychotherapy is what my heart always knew it wanted to do. From the moment I read my first psychology book, I knew this was my passion. No specific event led me here, just an innate curiosity for mental health....
  • Bridie Fitzgerald
    Years spent working as a music therapist working with clients who had a range of issues, I found that I was constantly required to adapt to my clients needs and take on new challenges to help them reach their therapy goals. This lead to a natural transition into psychotherapy and counselling as helping others gain insight into their issues and my own personal journey along the way has always been important to me....
  • Ron Dowd
    I feel it has chosen me. Although I worked for many years as a software engineer, I was reading Jung in my 20s and was fascinated, though I didn't understand much of it. I guess I was on the common "hero's journey" path, working in I.T. but also starting to make art. At a certain point I made a serious decision to study art and undertook my MA (Hons) thesis in landscape and imaginal thinking. It was this study that opened up the world of Gestalt to me, particularly its ideas of figure / ground. It was odd how my art works...
  • Astrid de Ruiter
    I was born in the Netherlands and migrated to Australia in my late thirties. I have always had a strong drive to understand the world, and to contribute something meaningful to that world. At the tender age of 19, I did not quite realize that my real curiosity was People and Life, and I therefor did a Master in Applied Physics, with a minor in environmental science. I initially worked in the field of photo voltaic solar energy, as a consultant and policy maker. In my early thirties, my body went on strike (I developed such severe...
  • Natajsa Wagner
    Becoming a psychotherapist was actually a career change for me. My background prior to this was working in the corporate sales sector. I began my journey in psychotherapy when I started to ask the big questions: What am I doing with my life? Is what I am doing making me happy? Who am I really? As I started my training and started to find the answers to those questions, I discovered that this was the work I was meant to be doing!...
  • Urja Refalo
    I first came to psychotherapy in the early eighties. At this time I started my own personal journey by joining therapy groups, partaking in individual therapy and attending personal development trainings. Choosing psychotherapy as a profession became a natural step in my life’s journey, where I could then offer my support and presence, something of what I had been given in my own search for meaning and ‘who I am’....
  • Graeme James
    I didn't want to be a counsellor or therapist. Initially I worked in marketing. After years of encouragement from a friend I finally became a volunteer Lifeline counsellor way back in 1987. Very quickly I grew up on the telephones and came to realise how very complex and demanding life is. When I left the corporate world I retrained, became engaged in managing Lifeline centres, started a private practice, and went on to work in counsellor education. So you might say I now have a passion for the field....
  • Reed Everingham
    My journey to psychotherapy has for the most part been intuitive. My first encounter with psychotherapy was during my early twenties. I worked with a wonderful practitioner for a number of years and this experience left a profound imprint. For the first time, I understood what it really felt like to repair, grow and change. This set me on a path of personal development – a path I am still walking - with the intention of understanding others and myself better. ...
  • Pam Danson
    I have had the good fortune to witness truly gifted and inspired teachers demonstrating a model which was not only magical but incredibly transparent to me and made me feel – that’s do-able, that’s learnable, there are steps to follow and I could do that. I was invited to a group by a friend and felt I'd come home. Over time it has become my vocation that sustains, intrigues and fascinates me. It provided and provides me with tools and attitudes that nurtures a way to be in a crazy and beautiful world. ...
  • Andrea Szasz
    The term Brave Therapy is in honor of the bravery of my clients; the courage they have shown to change their lives is truly inspirational. I’ve been a therapist for 10 + years helping hundreds of people to change their lives for the better. I specialize in the treatment of underlying trauma, and been personally involved with people who have suffered intensely. I have undergone my own personal therapy. I understand what it feels like when life is unmanageable. My own experiences have fuelled my passion to find the best treatments...
  • Jeannene Eastaway
    Possibly the main thing that has caused me to choose this field of work is that I find people interesting and wonderful. The more I have learnt about people, their patterns and ways of survival, the more fascinated I became. The other main reason why I have chosen to be a counsellor is to understand myself. This has been an on-going and enlightening process....
  • Karen Druce
    My family of origin experiences growing up formed the bedrock of my desire to understand individual differences, personal temperament, human suffering and resilience in the face of life’s storms. ...
  • Steve Bonanno
    I have always marveled at the resilience of the human spirit... and I have wondered what conditions must be present to allow someone to overcome adversity. Having experienced good therapy as a client, it has became clear to me that we could all potentially thrive if we were given empathy, honesty, support, wisdom, loving-kindness, and gentle challenge. While I was a personal support volunteer for the Red Cross, I recognised my own ability to offer those same conditions to others, just by turning my care and attention towards...
  • Jenetta Haim
    I was always interested in helping people to succeed and progress. When I was a teenager a very wise person said to me that to teach people things properly you must have done them yourself. So I did a lot of study and courses and personal development to work on my own 'stuff' while getting some expertise under my belt. He was right. By knowing myself to some extent it gave me better insight to other people around me and how to help them. ...
  • Michele Watson
    I believe in people's potential and knew I wanted to help people. I studied psychology at university and then went looking for something more meaningful to me and that's when I enrolled in the transpersonal counselling diploma. I started working with a psychotherapist and through my relationship with her and looking at my dreams I learnt about Jung, dreams and the process of Individuation....
  • Benjamin Shields
    It is a cliche, but I was one of those kids who wanted to 'help people' when he grew up. I couldn't think of any other profession that was as direct in this sense, as the work of a psychologist. So, that's what I pursued. As an 18-year-old, the long journey required to become a psychologist was difficult to comprehend. I studied for four years initially before undertaking a two-year internship, which involved regular supervision and study. After that, I completed a further two years of study for a masters program. Then still,...
  • Joanne Marsh
    After attending a number of personal development programs to help me understand the patterns and traumas that controlled my life, it was a logical step for me to undertake study to refine what I had learnt and take that knowledge to others. I have always been a bit of a study 'nerd', always wanting to learn more. Studying somatic psychotherapy was like coming home. I had finally found what it was I wanted to do 'when I grew up"....
  • Amber Rules
    I have family experience with addiction and mental illness, and as a young adult, I received support and care from some wonderful therapists who helped me make sense of it all. I was always so grateful for these counsellors, and admired them for choosing the profession. Before I became a therapist, I worked in the entertainment industry. I spent a lot of time with musicians, actors, and other creatives, and many of them struggled with addiction as well. All of my experiences with addiction ultimately led me to becoming a...
  • Donald Marmara
    I was motivated to train as a somatic psychotherapist following my own experience of anxiety and depression, and the frustration I felt with my lack of success in overcoming them via limited methods of counselling and psychotherapy. My search for healing led me to London, where I discovered a form of psychotherapy called somatic psychotherapy, or body psychotherapy, and by having individual sessions myself I was able to transform my life....
  • Megan Haire
    While raising a family in the outback and experiencing a lot of difficulties first hand or through close friends, I became interested in what makes some people vulnerable and other people resilient in the face of hardship. The outback experience heightened my awareness of the issue of isolation, both geographical and emotional, and how important human connection is in keeping us sane and happy. After my local community suffered a series of suicides during a drought, I wanted to do something to help make a difference to the lives of...
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